Our films last week could scarcely be more different from each other – the darkly unnerving The Killing of a Sacred Deer on Tuesday – described as being ‘like Marmite’ and the romantic, touching Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool which was thought to be ‘excellent’ with a ‘very fine performance’ from Annette Bening as Hollywood film-star Gloria Grahame. Tickets are available for an extra screening of this stranger-than-fiction love story on Wednesday 31 January at 19:30.
There’s more contrasting viewing this week: on Tuesday we present Menashe – a fascinating portrait of life in a Hasidic Jewish community. Set in Brooklyn, it features a widowed father Menashe (comedian Mensashe Lustig in his first serious role) who attempts to challenge his sect’s rule barring children from living in single-parent homes. An authentic, respectful, yet amusing view of an often unnoticed society combines with an engaging character study from Lustig. We’re showing the film again on Saturday 27 January at 14:30 in commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day. Read More………
A belated Happy New Year to all our supporters. The period between Christmas and New Year gives us the chance to show some more unusual films. We had been looking for a good time to screen Tanna, a film from Vanuatu which went down well with those who saw it. The beautiful scenery and the sense of inevitability over the fate of the lovers made it a great watch. The next day we had The Wages of Fear, a classic French drama that has been revived by the BFI as part of their Thriller programme. Again, audience reaction was very positive – certainly the lady sitting in front of me was totally caught up with the fate of the four protagonists, gasping in horror during the nail-biting set-pieces that form the second half of the film! Read More…….
All our films this week enjoyed sellout screenings. There are further chances to see Murder on the Orient Express on Tuesday 2 January at 14:30 and 19:30. On Thursday 4 January, we are screening The Death of Stalin again, but the evening performance is already sold out and the afternoon one has only a handful of tickets, so you may be better booking for Wednesday 17 January at 19:30.
Another week of excellent films attracted cinema-goers to the David Lean. A repeat showing of The Party on Wednesday proved once again to be very popular. The Man who Invented Christmas was enthusiastically received by patrons: ‘a great reminder of what Christmas is really about – brilliant and uplifting’. A full house for the finely directed, sensual and highly-praised Call me by Your Name which elicited comments ranging from ‘excellent, very moving, loved it’ to ‘far too long’ and ‘boring’! All of which illustrates the diversity of our audiences and our films! Read More……
This week’s films proved popular. The Death of Stalin was a sellout for both performances. We have arranged repeat showings on Thursday 4 January at 14:30 & 19:30, plus yet another on Wednesday 17 January at 19:30, due to demand.
Wednesday saw our screening of Open Bethlehem, followed by a very informative Q&A with the Open Bethlehem Campaign’s Executive Director, Sara Apps. The irony was not lost on anyone that the plight of Bethlehem has not been improved by Donald Trump’s recent pronouncements on Jerusalem. Many thanks to Sara and Amnesty International for their help in organising this. For more information on the Campaign, and to obtain an Open Bethlehem passport, visit their website.
Blade Runner 2049 and The Party both played to full houses this week – the former a visual feast which prompted very positive feedback. “Bleak, but immensely thought-provoking” was one response. An extra screening on 20 December at 19:00 offers a second chance to see it, but if your affection for the 1982 original makes you hesitant to see a sequel, please be assured that it has the blessing of Executive Producer Ridley Scott!
The Party was greatly enjoyed and caused much laughter. It’s showing again on 13 December at 19:30. An appreciative audience too, for The Tree of Wooden Clogs, “a masterwork of the Italian cinema”. One lady was amazed at the age of the film, considering how modern it looked, and another Italian gentleman was quite emotional after the screening. Read more………..
Two enjoyable films this week, with the screenings of Henry V especially pleasing those who saw it. ‘Unbelievably good’ and ‘thoroughly enjoyable’ were two of the comments heard afterwards, and one patron had read through the entire play the night before so that she could enjoy it to the full!
Next week’s films are proving very popular, so much so that we have set up extra screenings for two of them. A handful of tickets are still available for Blade Runner 2049 on Tuesday and The Party on Thursday. Both have extra screenings in December, on Wednesday 20 at 19:00 and Wednesday 13 at 19:30 respectively. Our repeat screening of Loving Vincent on Wednesday is sold out, so your last chance to see it will be the Babes in Arms show on Tuesday 12 December at 11:00. Book tickets here. Otherwise read more……..
Following the success of Twelfth Night at the David Lean, we’re very pleased to be able to feature this special screening of Henry V, also produced by London’s Globe Theatre. The handsome, period revival of Shakespeare’s most stirring history play is an imaginative, inspiring interpretation from director Dominic Dromgoole. Led by the charismatic Jamie Parker (History Boys, Silent Witness) as the hard but fair young king, and with a strong supporting cast, this fine production really packs a punch…
HENRY V – Thursday 23 November
2.00pm and 7.00pm
please note early start times.
All tickets for this outstanding Globe on Screen presentation are £15.00
We had full houses for both screenings of Loving Vincent. Thanks to the distributors, we were able to include a pre-film talk by the director and a guest Q&A some of the stars and crew filmed at the UK premiere held in the National Gallery. Many patrons took the opportunity to stay for this fascinating insight into the acclaimed main feature, and those who have booked for the re-screening on Wednesday 29 November will also have the opportunity to see it. Unfortunately, this performance is virtually sold out, so your last chance to see this truly amazing animation will be our Babes in Arms screening on Tuesday 12 December at 11:00. Read more…..
Last week’s Halloween double bill and Borg vs McEnroe attracted below-average numbers but plenty of positive feedback. Some patrons considered the latter outstanding, and clearly enjoyed being transported back to a golden era of tennis.
Tuesday sees us screening Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!, with a stand-out performance from Jennifer Lawrence in a horror-drama about the nature of art and relationships – not to be missed by anyone who admired Black Swan. Both performances of Loving Vincent on Thursday are sold out, but as we normally do when this happens, we have arranged another screening on Wednesday 29. Read more….